How to be a Password Ninja on a Mac, Windows or Linux

You’ve heard about it, read about it but very few manage to have complex passwords for all your services – Email, Facebook, Twitter, et al. The consensus to have a safer online experience and hopefully, prevent hackers, crackers and script kiddies from gaining access to your accounts is to have a complex password – UPPERCASE + lowercase + numbers + special characters – and a unique different one for each of your accounts.

Unfortunately, that’s not an easy task at all. Nonetheless, there are solutions that can help you become a Password Ninja with few, easy to remember steps. I’ve had multiple passwords – complex ones at that for quite sometime – and I don’t need to remember any of them.

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Diaspora – an Open Source Social Network

Social Networking has revolutionized the way we communicate in today’s fast paced world. With more and more people with constant access to the internet, nearly everyone you know has an account with popular networking sites – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, et al. It has become a way of life today and makes for easy sharing and communication between friends and relatives.

Many start-ups and businesses are trying to make effective use of these sites to grow their ventures. And, hence they are everywhere. And, if you are not tired or bored of the number of networking sites available today, here comes the news of the launch of another site claiming it to be an open source social network – Diaspora. Most people are not aware of it, but it has created a buzz in and around the social media and early adopters.

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Most Popular Open Source Platform Isn’t

Out of a survey done of eight major open source mobile platforms, Android was dead last. Android, the open-source underdog, scored just 23% on an openness survey – making it not only the lowest scorer but also the only platform to score less than 58%. Bazinga!

The report from VisionMobile evaluated Android, Eclipse, the Linux Kernel, MeeGo, Firefox, Qt, Symbian, and WebKit using several criteria to create an — open governance index. Eclipse ranked the highest with 84%.

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Patent Violation – Angry Birds Creator Defamed

With the development of technology, it is also quite true that instability has also risen in the market. Especially, technology where creativity has an equal contribution, credits and responsibility gets mixed up quite a lot. A recent example could be seen when the popular mobile game – Angry Birds creator, Rovio, was sued by Lodsys for patent violations. The claim on which the legal action was based was that Rovio’s Finnish company had violated important patent rules regarding the purchase in to the higher levels of the game. The game being quite popular, so much so that people generally download it more than a million times per day, naturally generated quite a value with these new levels.

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Pagination CSS3 Style

I was working on a Pagination Template/Module when I came across Premium Pixels’ nicely done graphics of a Light and Dark Pagination Module. I really liked it and wanted to do a CSS version of it.

Pagination CSS3 Style

So, here you go CSS3 Style Pagination (demo).
Fork the source at Github.
Download: zip or the tar version of the source.

License: You’re free to use it anyway you wish – personal, commercial or otherwise. There is no restriction.

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FOSS vs Proprietary – Who cares about ‘The War’

Free software and open standards have always been a point of debate for the confusing line between hardcore tech world and the whole other world of users. However, very recently, tech pundits have beaten a retreat on the issue, claiming that free software and open standards do not really matter much. This can only be understood better if one understands the factors that have always been taken in to account in the face off between free and proprietary software or open and close standard hardware.

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Grid – a minimal CSS Grid utility

Grid a simple and minimal fluid grid system that can flow inside any fluid or fixed container or play good with another Grid system. I found this to be particularly useful while working on liquid/fluid designs. Grid can also be used in conjunction with any other heavyweight CSS Grid Framework, particularly, in places where you do not want to calculate which portion of the grid does a design piece fall into or how many gutter should it have.

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Windows’ biggest challengers – Mac OSX & Linux

According to Gartner‘s new released data – One of the toughest challenges that Microsoft windows has to face is, the new growing market for Mac OSX and Linux OS. Statistically, the revenues from global operating systems was estimated to be $30.4 billion in 2010 out of which Microsoft asserts their first position with a 78.6 percent market share.

While the tremendous increase in the growth of Linux and Macs in the server and client operating system segments was worthy of note, the rate of growth of the Apple’s platform Mac OS increased at the rate of 15.8% while that of Microsoft’s Windows grew by only 9.2% as reported by Gartner.

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Facebook Returns to “Hacker Roots” with Open-Source Data Center Project

In a surprise move Facebook has gone back to their “hacker roots” — their words not mine, by releasing their data center designs to the public. In a project dubbed the Open Compute project, Facebook has busted open the secretive world of data centers by making their designs public and open source.

We decided to honor our hacker roots and challenge convention by custom designing and building our software, servers and data centers from the ground up.

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Fedora 15 with GNOME 3 & some cool upgrades!

The next version of Fedora, Version 15 is available for download as a beta version. The beta version was released and a reworked boot loading system will be featured by this OS. The major changes for the Linux distribution are hopefully taken care of and the complete release is scheduled for May 2011; it is to be noted that this period of release is approximately a month after the release of Ubuntu 11.04. New releases of Fedora can usually be expected about once every six months.

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